Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Mount Abu - Little Rann of Kutch

With just a few hours to find Green Avadavat the pressure was on and we began searching for it around a small village. We walked the fields for two hours without a sign of it, although there were some nice birds such as Crested Bunting, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Indian Yellow Tit, Brown Rock-Chat, and our first Plum-headed Parakeet was also much appreciated. So we returned to the hotel to pick up our luggage and packed lunch and went to a different site, although by now the day was heating up and our chances seemed poor. We searched along a path bordering dense bushes with a few open areas near another village but it didn’t look like a good area. Kevin found us Indian Scimitar-Babbler, and there was also Ashy and White-bellied Drongo, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Brown-headed Barbet and Scaly-breasted Munia. We followed the path for a kilometre or so before returning rather forlornly back towards our waiting coach. But we decided to stay a little longer and this proved fruitful when a Red Spurfowl was spotted skulking inside the bushes below us. So we waited some more and eventually we had to leave as it was 12.45 and we were faced with a 5 hour drive to the Little Rann of Kutch. 

Green Avadavat (female)

We were deep in “Fergie Time’ when all of a sudden the shout went up and in next to no time everyone was laying eyeballs on a flock of 8 awesome Green Avadavats. They were only on view for a couple of minutes before flying away but that was enough and it was high-fives all round. From the jaws of defeat we had overcome and left Mount Abu with our heads held high!! We celebrated with some Fruit & Nut and a delicious packed lunch. Oh and the drive only took five and a quarter hours, not the 10 hours we were told. Apparently we used a shortcut!

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